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When Abaye and Rava Were Little Kids

My apologies for the very belated arrival of this post. – Anne

And…more good stuff (that’s always the case, I suppose).

As is the Gemara’s wont, it presents a couple of riveting stories on this daf ostensibly because of their connection to zimun or Birkat HaMazon. Plus, finally, the basics of Birkat HaMazon that have been alluded to throughout this section of Berakhot, without being detailed. Until now.

Including a whole bunch of Who’s Who (Rabbah, Rava, Abaye, Yannai, and Shimon ben Shetach). And the logical What’s What of kal va-chomer reasoning.


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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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